Ponderin’ and Wonderin’: A Conversation with Self

Ponderin' and Wonderin': A Conversion with Self At seventy-one, I'm hung upon my ladder's last rung, With its many steps, And the protruding doornails of a door half hung, Wonderin' what more in life I could've won,  And why still try to do something BIG before I'm done? Shouldn't I presently Commit to having fun? Cease…

Cast Your Worries to the Wind

Cast Your Worries to the windby Stephany Spencer-LeBaron My Uncle Joel LeBaron's favorite maxim"Cast your worries to the windLet the rain settle them"Was keen wisdom"To yourself be kind"He'd often remind"Leave negatives behindWind blows them awayDuring your daily grindRain settles all in time"Dump the big boulderDon't let it smolderToss over your shoulderThings you can't shoulderKeep lessons learned The insights…

Ode to Chava Chavarin and the Tres Camarones Team

Tres Camarones/Three Shrimp Dr. Luis Alberto Urrea’s audiobook Into the Beautiful North inspired the following lyrics: Ode to Chava Chavarin*and the Tres Camarones Teamby Stephany Spencer-LeBaron Hey!What's in a name?I can't say;but the moniker“Chava Chavarin”rings in my brain today,though I completedthe novel yesterday.Like music in rain,This sonorous name motivated my muse to pen poems for play!So…

Poem: “Frothing at the Mouth”

  Frothing at the Mouth It infuriates me And froths my mouth That pushy bull, “Bethel-A-hole,” Corralled me into her “pen” To write for her "pad" — Her newsletter, that is! Then tried to whiplash me Into my own automobile, To further wrap The noose about my neck, Then squeeze it — She’s another hornet…

Poem: “Advice for Creatives”

"Part of the reason that people don’t become enlightened is because it’s punctuated by intermittent catastrophes."WordToTheWise Anything worth doing is worth doing badly."An axiom DARE, DEAR CREATIVES, DARE!by Stephany Spencer-LeBaron"Anything worth doing is worth doing badly."Creatives can onlypresent works to the world... see their originations unfurled,if they dare---dare to fail, in order to dare do…

Poem: Lovely Lively Lizards

Lovely Lively Lizards I detest supporting lazy "lizards" -- Leeches, losers, and welfare abusers: Socialism can be Welfare for users. So, lazy-daisy loafing "lizards," Penniless-paupers, down-and-out dizzards, Get off your rump, use your gizzard, And from the welfare rolls be scissored! My new slogan is herein delivered: "Be part of the solution, Not the pollution…

Original Sayings and Short Poems: From My Pen to Yours

~ Original Sayings 'n' Short Poems From My Pen to Yours @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ I Think Mice Are Very Nice I think mice are very nice. Some people say they have lice, And leave mouse tracks in their rice. With pet mice that's quite rare, So therefore I declare, I still think mice are very nice! Stephany Spencer (My…

Essay-Poem: “John Cage and Composing”

Avant-garde composer John Cage said: "The material of music is sound and silence. Integrating these is composing." We could say:The material of poetryis sound and silence;  syllables and silence. Integrating these is composing --albeit poetry.  We could compose music and poems that go together; i.e., compose songs: Songs are poems--lyrics set to music. Now I morph into a poem that…